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Chapter : Belarusian President Comments on Election : August 9 and August 10, 2020
Belarusian President Comments on Election : August 9 and August 10, 2020
In the summer of 2020, Belarusian president Alexander Lukashenko faced the strongest challenge yet to his nearly thirty-year tenure. Frustrated by years of repression, a struggling economy, and a tepid COVID-19 response, the public coalesced behind the presidential candidacy of Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, wife of an imprisoned opposition leader. Widespread allegations of vote rigging followed election officials’ announcement that Lukashenko won the August poll in a landslide. Tens of thousands of protestors took to the streets to demand his resignation and new elections, despite a brutal government crackdown.
Lukashenko Seeks to Stifle Opposition
During his twenty-six years in office, Lukashenko earned a strongman’s reputation as ...